23 Wednesday 23rd July 2014
If you own a cat, you've probably posted a picture of it on the internet. In this age of decreased online privacy, that cute instagram may hold more power than you think. Florida State University professor Owen Mundy has recently started a project called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, which highlights a very modern issue:
"I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer at Florida State University in order to represent the enormity of the data source."
So if you don't want you and your cat's location revealed online, you better scramble that metadata.
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